The great big green book

Mary Hoffman

Book - 2015

"Think of the future. Can you imagine our planet as beautiful as it used to be? You could be the one to help make it beautiful again, with the things you do and the ideas you have. Your planet needs YOU!" From a simple introduction to our home in Space, the authors explain what we need for life on Earth, and show the importance of the rainforests and the oceans; they stress the need to look after our planet and show how some of the things we take for granted are running out, and how we... have polluted so much our planet. The action plans include saving water, saving energy, recycling, reparing, growing seasonal food, cooking fresh food, saving on packing, asking questions...and thinking of new inventions and big ideas.

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Published
London : Francis Lincoln Children's Books 2015.
©2015
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 31 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references,
ISBN
9781847804457
1847804454
Main Author
Mary Hoffman (author)
Other Authors
Ros Asquith (illustrator)
  • Our home in space
  • A wonderful world
  • The blue planet
  • The green planet
  • Every breath we take
  • Climate change
  • All creatures great and small
  • A race against time
  • Save water, save energy
  • Round and round
  • Lasting longer
  • Make it new
  • Go slow
  • Ask questions
  • Invent
  • Back to blue
  • Some useful words
  • Some useful websites.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Hey reader! The earth needs you! This oversize volume uses child-friendly prose to discuss the problems of climate change, animal extinction, and water issues. The book's clearly stated message is that everyone can help make changes and emphasizes that ideas can come from anyone. With that, the book offers its own suggestions for everything from using thicker curtains for warmth to turning off electric appliances when they are not being used to growing a garden. Repair, reuse, recycle is the book's mantra. Ink-and-watercolor illustrations feature a diverse group of children who illuminate each concept on the double-page spreads. A couple of British words (loo rolls, tyre) might be confusing. However, the illustrations have a universal air. A funny, egocentric cat who provides his own running commentary as the pages turn adds a humorous note to the topic. Kids who want to save the planet will find lots of ideas here. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–4—A multiethnic bunch of kids (including four in wheelchairs and one with a walker) skitter across the pages of this cheerful picture book on the importance of thinking green. Children and adults consider issues such as climate change and the shrinking rain forest, as well as ways to make a difference. Readers will appreciate the fun details of the cartoon illustrations, such as a cat who provides a comical running commentary; brief asides in speech bubbles from people, animals, and even plants; and small decorative drawings on the page borders. Many of the ideas mentioned are activities that kids can participate in (turning off the TV when it isn't in use, recycling). The author's simple, chatty text reassures the worried that saving the environment can be difficult because "the grown-ups make these decisions—but you can talk to them about it." Because the book was originally published in the UK, there are some Briticisms (elevators are called lifts, sneakers are trainers), but readers won't find these terms too intrusive. Pop this on the shelf with such titles as Michelle Mulder's somewhat more challenging Trash Talk: Moving Toward a Zero Waste World (Orca, 2015), Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin's solid True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet (National Geographic, 2008), and Brad Herzog's simple S Is for Save the Planet: A How-to-Be-Green Alphabet (Sleeping Bear, 2009) for a sturdy quartet of inventive ways to raise kids' awareness. VERDICT An upbeat, colorful appeal to be environmentally conscious.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY [Page 133]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Describes why protecting the environment is important for a safe, clean Earth, and provides examples of what readers can do to help protect the planet.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An introduction to the importance of protecting the planet's natural resources explains the Earth's role in space, the essential roles of the rainforests and oceans, and how everyday kids can help minimize pollution by recycling and growing their own food.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Think of the future. Can you imagine our planet as beautiful as it used to be? You could be the one to help make it beautiful again, with the things you do and the ideas you have. Your planet needs YOU!" From a simple introduction to our home in Space, the authors explain what we need for life on Earth, and show the importance of the rainforests and the oceans; they stress the need to look after our planet and show how some of the things we take for granted are running out, and how we have polluted so much our planet. The action plans include saving water, saving energy, recycling, repairing, growing seasonal food, cooking fresh food, saving on packing, asking questions... and thinking of new inventions and big ideas.